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Pardon our mess: Overgrowth blocking stop sign, five feet of road

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 5:59 PM
Last updated Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:14 AM
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WHERE: On Bransford Avenue, just west of the Holden Street intersection off Walton Way.

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Overgrown trees and brush have swallowed the street curb and now cover five feet of roadway.   WESLEY BROWN/STAFF
Overgrown trees and brush have swallowed the street curb and now cover five feet of roadway.

WHAT: Overgrown trees and brush have swallowed the street curb and now cover five feet of roadway. Neighborhood residents say the plant life has obscured the view of a nearby stop sign and turned the area into a popular dump site for litter, shopping carts and old tires.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Unknown. Steve Cassell, the City of Augusta’s assistant director of traffic engineering, said Wednesday he plans to send a staff member to investigate the overgrowth and determine who is responsible.

ACTION PROMISED: If the overgrowth covers public right-of-way, traffic engineering staff will take care of the problem. If it’s on private property, the owner will be given notice and have 15 days to address the issue.

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JRC2024 12/23/13 - 09:07 am
If i lived there I would

If i lived there I would clean it up myself but you kow there are alot who expect someone else to do it for them.

bdouglas 12/23/13 - 10:09 am
How is the stop sign

How is the stop sign obscured? You can clearly see in the 2nd photo that the stop sign is on the LEFT side of the road, and not where the brush is on the right. Still no excuse for that resident not to tame their shrubbery, but I don't see what the issue is with the stop sign.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 12/28/13 - 01:51 pm

I don't know why Steve Cassell is hedging. The second photo clearly shows the bush is right next to the street, hence on the city's right of way. Cassell could look like a hero if he had sent a maintenance crew out there that very minute to trim the bush. Just think how that story would look compared to “Who's responsible? Unknown.”

Maybe our next city administrator will begin insisting that city employees become pro-active instead of hiding behind bureaucratese.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 12/28/13 - 01:53 pm

I hope cub reporter Wesley Brown picked up that plastic drink bottle after he photographed it. It's the public service thing to do.

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